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"Shell Raiser"

by Tim Finfrock


Over five decades, Tim has witnessed the fever and commitment of the gangs of shell seekers & collectors on the beaches of Sanibel & Captiva! Tim was part of the treasure-hunting gang from the age of eight, and along with his Dad, they would get up before the sun with flashlights in hand searching for rare & beautiful shells! “It was always fun, competitive and exciting,” says Tim. “I loved it then, and I still love it today!”


Tim Finfrock begin producing his first noticeably good drawings when he was five. At the age of ten, he attended adult classes at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. Freelance artwork began at the age of 12, which continued throughout his college years at Columbus College of Art and Design where he graduated with a major in illustration, and minor in advertising.

“After 46 years of living in Ohio and 35 years of coming to Sanibel for vacations, I finally decided thirteen years ago that Sanibel was and is where I am supposed to be,” says Tim.

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